Washington, DC-April 26, 2013—The Regional Airline Association (RAA) commends Congress for acting quickly on a bipartisan fix to halt air traffic controller furloughs, responsible for thousands of delays this week. RAA last week joined with Airlines for America (A4A) and Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) in suing to stop the controller furloughs.
The "Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013" act was approved by Unanimous Consent last night in the U.S. Senate, passed by the House of Representatives at noon today and goes to President Obama for his signature.
“It’s time to give credit where credit is due,” underlines RAA President Roger Cohen. “To our passengers for their patience and understanding, to Congress for its swift, bipartisan action, and to the controllers for trying to make the best of a bad hand. But most importantly, RAA takes pride in the efforts of our more than 50,000 regional airline employees who, under difficult conditions, continued to deliver safe, professional and reliable service to the flying public,” notes Cohen.
Founded in 1975, Washington, D.C.-based RAA provides a wide array of technical, government relations and public relations services for regional airlines. With safety as its highest priority, the association's 27 member airlines and nearly 200 associate members represent the key decision-makers of this vital sector of the commercial aviation industry. With more than 13,000 regional airline flights every day, regional airlines operate half of the nation’s scheduled flights with nearly 75 percent of U.S. airports relying on regional airlines exclusively.